• June 11, 2018 - June 14, 2018
  • Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV

AWWA Annual Conference & Exposition (ACE18)

When: June 11, 2018 - June 14, 2018
Where: Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV

What is the future of water? That’s a big question. Arcadis is tackling it head-on by empowering water utility innovation and digital transformation with research-based insights and value-maximizing solutions. At ACE18, we seek to connect with the industry on these topics and explore how we might create a sustainable future, together. Below is an overview of our participation.


Monday, June 11, 2018

MON01 - Aging infrastructure management - hydraulic analysis of criticality and component failures in water distribution systems

9:10 AM | MON01-02 - Criticality Evaluation Data Sources | Speaker: Jim Cooper, Arcadis

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

TUE08 - Asset management planning

2:00 PM | TUE08-01 - Asset Management Regulations Are Coming, Are You Ready? | Speaker: Kevin Slaven, Arcadis

4:00 PM | TUE08-05 - Developing an AMP for the City of Flint | Speaker: Kevin Slaven, Arcadis

4:30 PM | TUE08-06 - Panel Discussion - I Have an Asset Management Plan - Now What? | Speakers: Kevin Slaven, Arcadis; Melanie Holton; Amrou Atassi; Tom Knoell

TUE19 - Inland desalination and concentrate management - overview of upcoming M69 manual of practice

3:15 PM | TUE19-04 - ZLD Concentrate Management | Speaker: Brent Alspach, Arcadis

4:30 PM | TUE19-07 - Panel Discussion | Speakers: Brent Alspach, Arcadis; Greg Wetterau; Qun He; Sandeep Sethi; David Stewart; Ali Sharbat

TUE20 - Using tools at your desk to start planning distribution system improvements

2:30 PM | TUE20-02 - Optimization – Starting Small for Broader Applications; Case Study of Water Distribution System Planning through Optimization | Speaker: Patrick Parault, Arcadis

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

WED13 - Building utility resilience and cybersecurity

 10:00 AM | WED13-01 - It’s Not as Easy as 1-2-3: One Utility’s Pursuit of Resilience While Maintaining Exceptional Service | Speaker: Andrew Ohrt, Arcadis

WED34-Pipeline Condition Assessment

1:30 - 04:30 PM | Moderator(s): Celine Hyer, Arcadis

WED38 - Planning and response to disasters - system modeling to corporate policy

1:30-4:30 PM | Moderator: Jim Cooper, Arcadis

WED38 - Planning and response to disasters - system modeling to corporate policy

2:00 PM | WED38-02 - Evaluating Water Distribution Networks’ Response to Emergency Events | Speakers: Ben Chenevey, Arcadis

WED47 - Finding sources of lead and providing effective corrosion control

3:00 PM | WED47-04 - Blending Desalinated Seawater into Existing San Diego Regional Supplies: Corrosion Analysis | Speaker: Brent Alspach, Arcadis

WED49 - Water loss control programs

1:30 PM | WED49-01 - Water Research Foundation Project 4695 - Guidance on Implementing an Effective Water Loss Control Plan | Speaker: Gary Trachtman, Arcadis

Thursday, June 14, 2018

THU09 - Leading water utility innovation

8:30 AM | THU09-01 - The Not-So-Secret Ingredient for Innovation...People | Speaker: Jason Carter, Arcadis

10:35 AM | THU09-06 - Panel Discussion | Speakers: Jason Carter, Arcadis; Edward Means; Jeff Moeller; Francois Rodigari; Keith Tyson

THU27 - Asset bundling, alternative financing and cold hard cash

3:00 PM | THU27-03 - Reserve Case Studies – Managing Risk through Reserves | Speaker: Robert Ryall, Arcadis

THU37 - Biofiltration performance

4:00 PM | THU37-05 - Seasonal Impacts on Biofiltration Acclimation Dynamics and Performance Baselines | Speaker: Tongren Zhu, Arcadis

THU38 - Applications for hydraulic models to support water system operations

2:00 PM | THU38-01 - A Comparison and Summary of Hydrant Flow Test and Pipe Roughness Results for Application in Hydraulic Models | Speaker: Ben Chenevey, Arcadis

THU40 - Prolonging the useful life of distribution system assets: tanks, valves, and hydrants

2:00 PM | THU40-01 - Tracking Hydrant Flushing Program with GIS | Speaker: Karen Casteloes, Arcadis


Arcadis grows its asset management capabilities with the addition of digital and data expertise with the acquisition of software and analytics firm, SEAMS. Together, we will be able to provide clients with a unique blend of expert technical and asset knowledge combined with advanced analytics to guide strategic decision making.

“The drive for better performance and returns sits at the heart of most businesses. Our approach is all about mining the plethora of data available to us and – most importantly – making the most effective use of it to inform the decision-making process.” – Mark Engelhardt, Managing Director, SEAMS

"Water utilities in North America have an immense amount of data. Decision analytics can help utility leaders optimize their business strategy by empowering them to make decisions faster, with more confidence and supported by data. This kind of power can accelerate a utility’s ability to improve water resiliency, efficiency and quality in the short- and long-term.” – John McCarthy, Water President, Arcadis


Since 2010, Arcadis has awarded this scholarship to a student pursuing a graduate or doctoral degree in water science or engineering, and that possessing the greatest potential to be a future leader. This year’s scholarship recipient is Kaitlin Mattos from the University of Colorado. On behalf of Arcadis, Brent Alspach, Director of Applied Research, will be presenting our scholarship at the Water Industry Luncheon, which takes place at 12:00 noon PT on Wednesday, June 13. Congratulations Kaitlin, and thank you to everyone who applied. “Thank you and I am very honored to receive the Arcadis scholarship this year! It will be a great help to my research in rural Alaska, and I am very grateful to Arcadis for offering the scholarship and choosing me!” – Kaitlin Mattos


Congratulations to the recipients of the notable Kenneth J. Miller Founders Award (Miller Award), especially, Melissa Ariss, content marketing manager based out of our Tampa, FL office. The Miller Award was established in 2001 by the Water For People Board of Directors to honor outstanding volunteer service to this international humanitarian effort. This prestigious accolade recognizes those who dedicate time to help bring an end to the global water crisis. Melissa will receive her award during ACE18 at the Kenneth J. Miller Founders’ Award Luncheon, which takes place from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. PT on Tuesday, June 12 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, South Seas Ballroom F. The luncheon is open to the general public. Click here to purchase your ticket.

As a workplace giving partner, we also encourage you to attend the Water For People Bash, taking place Monday, June 11, from 8:00-11:00 p.m. at the House of Blues Las Vegas, Crossroads Room. The bash is open to the general public. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $40 and at the door for $50. We hope to see you there!


We know how important it is to stay connected with the people and things that keep you moving forward. Arcadis is upping the convenience factor by sponsoring the Wi-Fi, which will be available in all meeting rooms, lobby spaces and the exhibit hall at that Mandalay Bay Convention Center during ACE18. Connect to network “AWWA_ACE18” using password “Arcadis18.”


We invite you to be a part of our story and would like to be a part of yours. Connect with us on social media before, during and after #AWWAACE and share your #utilityinnovation moments with us!

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Questions about this event

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